Loma Prieta
Matrimony EP


2.0
poor

Review

by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
January 19th, 2010 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Matrimony is love gone wrong, but hey... what else is new?

If one were to try to be hyper-literate, one could easily compare the genre of first-wave screamo to a library. One can find pleasurable reads inside, or they can stumble across some less than adequate finds. While Killie's Offering A Sacrifice That Presents And Indicates A Mournful Resentment Of Today can be compared to that untouched copy of Anna Karenina, Loma Prieta's EP, Matrimony is like that completely vandalized copy of Left Behind: A Novel Of Earth's Last Days. But why exactly should this release be compared to such an abhorrent literary work?

Well, first off, the vocal work is nothing groundbreaking. Underneath all of that musicianship is a slew of evident screams that show no qualms with genericism. Howling is not a virgin concept to first-wave screamo; bands like Saetia used this vocal technique to magnify the emotional impact of their tracks whilst Usurp Synapse used the technique to intensify their tracks. Loma Prieta's purpose when utilizing said howls is not so crystal-clear. When the music is especially corrosive and boisterous, the howls are apposite; however, even when the technique is not called for, howls are still innumerable. Occasionally, the seldom sects of serenity shine when the vocalist decides his contributions aren't necessary. Such can be found at the end of “Wilmer Valderrama (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Had Two Wives)” when the vocalist makes such decision. The music is far more enjoyable when such reprieve comes to remedy the sloven chaos.

Loma Prieta are intense, and they make no bones about it. Besides the almost incessant, abrasive displays of howling, dissonance is evident throughout this four -and-a-half minute whirlwind of discordance. While this matches the vocals well when the vocalist is shouting away, occasionally it wears. Not only that, but the memorability factor is effected by both the vocals and the musicianship. The stagnancy of the tracks causes any memorable section of the song to be lost in this cesspool of organic, intense material. In fact, the most memorable element of the aural assault is the dreadful lyrical content.

In Loma Prieta's respective field of music, saying that the lyrics are perhaps just a little bit too reminiscent of “woe-is-me”-style poetry is not unexpected. It is simply part of the first-wave emo aesthetic, and the bands of the genre are in no way trying to hide this fact. For the most part, it does not detract from the music, but dear God there is a line that Loma Prieta have crossed on this EP. Boasting passages like, “I read you wrong;/we're wed but we're wedded wrong” and “let's get a do-over/'cause Dan Johnson's always wrong;/it's never solved with two rights.” this and the other track's lyrical content show how apt the EP's title, Matrimony, is, for both songs take a rather emotional approach to romance. However, Matrimony has done nothing to earn my adoration.

The oftentimes intrusive and inappropriate vocalization displayed on this EP is grating and repetitive. The abrasive nature of this EP is not only monotonous, but unpleasant to listen to without a change of pace. The lyrics are poorly written, and not only that, but the subject matter is nothing new or particularly interesting. If one were to see all of these qualities in a woman, one would assume this woman to be a needy, sassy, bland woman, who, if taken home, is not worth spending the night with. The same can be said for this EP, as it warrants two or three listens and nothing more.



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Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


Just a quick write-up for a really short EP. If there are any spelling/grammatical errors or other suggestions, please let me know.

sniper
January 19th 2010


19076 Comments


out of curiosity, how did you rate Last City and Dark Mountain?


Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2010


17222 Comments


um killie=/=tolstoy

oh yeah, and last city is better than a fucking 3.

Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


Well, as Adam stated, I rated Last City a 3. Dark Mountain was rated a 3.5 by me.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2010


17222 Comments


i was just listening to Last City. I love that cd. Dark Mountain was eh.

Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


Something about Last City doesn't click for me. But that makes this look like utter shite.

sniper
January 19th 2010


19076 Comments


I really liked both of their new ones, probably don't care about this though. also, idk how similar the vox on this are to Last City, but on that album i think the howling works great.

sniper
January 19th 2010


19076 Comments


lol at the recommended section

tombits
January 19th 2010


3470 Comments


FINAL RATING: 2.2/5.0-Matrimony is love gone wrong, but hey... what else is new?

Take the shitty "final rating" parts out of your reviews. Otherwise, very nice.

Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


@guy who likes the sawtooth grin: they got a new vocalist for their LPs. On here its fucking ridiculous.

@tombits: will do.

Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


I omitted that part as Thomas Stephenson advised.

tombits
January 19th 2010


3470 Comments


Yep, looks much cleaner and more professional now.

Rationalist
January 19th 2010


880 Comments


You should pos.

rasputin
January 20th 2010


14550 Comments


last city is awesome, but dark mountain was pretty good too. i haven't heard this, prob won't bother

WoodLawn
January 20th 2010


134 Comments


There really is no reason for anyone to check this out, as they get infinitely better after this release in every possible way. The sheer beauty of Last City and Dark Mountain makes me question if this is even the same band.

Good review and once again (as with your Usurp Synapse review) I find myself completely agreeing with you.

Rationalist
January 20th 2010


880 Comments


I wouldn't suggest it, Rasputin. It's a really dismal effort.

And WoodLawn, that's completely true. Even though Usurp Synapse uses a shitload of howls, they have their purpose. They're also good. And it's not like they constantly blare out random dissonance throughout 4 minutes and try to pass it off as an interesting EP.

Rationalist
January 20th 2010


880 Comments


I kind of feel like reviewing their entire discography, but I want to listen to Last City and Dark Mountain like five or six more times.

xNintendoCorex
January 20th 2010


1272 Comments


I think this is just wordy for the sake of being wordy, you really only focused on the lyrics and the
vocals and even then you were just making the point that they are poor.

oh and, genericness isnt a word.


Rationalist
January 21st 2010


880 Comments


Yeah, I didn't think it was, but when I typed in genericism, my openoffice turned it to genericness, so I was like, whatever. I'll fix that right away.

xNintendoCorex
January 22nd 2010


1272 Comments


hahaha, open office super fail. it likes to do that every now and then, such a shame cos its not a bad suite all round, still not quite a perfect competitor for the MS suite.




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